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ST. PAUL — Minnesota's obesity rate among adults crept upwards in 2016, but remains below that of its neighbors, according to a national study released Thursday, Aug. 31. The study, by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found 27.8 percent of adults in Minnesota were obese in 2016, up 1.7 percent from a year prior. That figure is good for 18th out of the country's 50 states and District of Columbia. South Dakota ranked 24th with 29.6 percent, Wisconsin was 29th (30.7 percent), North Dakota was 36th (31.9 percent) and Iowa was 39th (32 percent).
RICE LAKE, Wis. -- A Rice Lake, Wis., man died after apparently following through on his threat to set off an explosion in his apartment late Sunday, authorities said. About 14 other residents of the apartment complex were evacuated by police before the explosion. The building was a complete loss after the explosion and fire, the Rice Lake Police Department reported. Rice Lake police identified the man who died as Joseph Zunker, 44.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Heavy snow is expected to fall throughout Minnesota on Friday, Nov. 18, making travel difficult in a central and northern Minnesota. The National Weather Service expects 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour to fall in Fergus Falls, New York Mills, Wadena, Park Rapids and Bemidji this morning. In additional, travel will be difficult due to winds gusting over 40 mph at times. The weather service predicts less than an inch of snow is likely in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
WASHINGTON — More discussion is needed with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the agency announced Monday, Nov. 14, in a temporary win for protesters of the four-state pipeline. The Army Corps invited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to engage in discussions regarding conditions that could be placed on an easement that would reduce the risk of a spill, increase detection and response to a possible spill and enhance the protection of Lake Oahe and the tribe's water supplies.
ELLENDALE, Minn.—A train derailment has forced the evacuation of Ellendale early Friday morning, Nov. 11., as well as the closure of Highway 30 near the city, located just south of Owatonna. KAAL-TV reports the train was carrying propane. Officials are working to clean up the area and the city was being evacuated as a precaution, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a news release. Traffic that must use Highway 30 west of Interstate 35 should use Exit 32 at Hope and follow Steele County Road 14, the DOT said.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's "Northland Outdoors TV" episode, travel with our crew as they head to the prairies and farmlands of North and South Dakota, home to an annual springtime northern migration of tens of thousands of snow geese headed to their Canadian tundra nesting grounds. Come with us to see the positive role Midwest hunters are playing in managing those damaging excessive geese populations.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Wild rice is as synonymous with Minnesota cuisine as lakes are to the state's reputation. Wild rice has been used as a food source for centuries, and it's grown in more than half of Minnesota's counties. Clearly, it's a big deal. In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we visit a central Minnesota family which has made a living on harvesting wild rice for four generations. The crew also travels to Wisconsin for a very special pheasant hunt. See it all in this weekend's episode of "Northland Outdoors TV."
WINNER, S.D. — A Winner High School student injured in a farming accident died Wednesday night, Oct. 20, a day after getting stuck in a grain bin. Taylor Watzel, 16, of Winner, died at about 7 p.m., according to Winner Superintendent Bruce Carrier. Students gathered in the school's gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday morning to talk about the situation. Principal Gerald Witte said students and faculty are struggling with the loss.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we examine the plight of the prairie chicken, which is making a comeback on the flatlands of western Minnesota at The Nature Conservancy's Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area located just 20 miles east of Moorhead, Minn. And then travel with the crew to the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory just north of the city of Duluth, Minn., which for several reasons becomes a bird migration superhighway each fall, creating a bird migration unlike you've ever seen.
BRAINERD, Minn.— In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we feature northeast South Dakota veteran trapper John Almquist who for 50 years, regardless of the weather conditions, has walked his prairie trapline, not for the money, but to connect with the outdoors on a very personal basis. And join the crew as they travel to the southwestern Minnesota town of Hendricks to see how Bank Brewing Co., a successful private craft beer business, is working to preserve quality wildlife management areas and create new, premiere wildlife habitat by serving up beer.